Words Set Me Free by Lesa Cline-Ransome
The Story of Young Frederick Douglass (Paula Wiseman Books)

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The inspirational, true story of how Frederick Douglass found his way to freedom one word at a time.

This picture book biography chronicles the youth of Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent African American figures in American history. Douglass spent his life advocating for the equality of all, and it was through reading that he was able to stand up for himself and others. Award-winning husband-wife team Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome present a moving and captivating look at the young life of the inspirational man who said, “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”
 

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Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome are the author and illustrator of Satchel Paige, the story of the first black player to pitch in a major league World Series. James is also the illustrator of such titles as Let My People Go by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack and Under the Quilt of Night by Deborah Hopkinson and has received many accolades for his illustrations, including the Coretta Scott King Award and the NAACP Image Award. James and Lesa live with their four children in upstate New York. Visit James at his Web site: www.jamesransome.com. James E. Ransome's highly acclaimed illustrations for Let My People Go won the NAACP Image Award. His other award-winning titles include Coretta Scott King Honor Book Uncle Jed's Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell, Deborah Hopkinson's Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, and Satchel Paige, written by his wife, Lesa. Mr. Ransome teaches illustration at Pratt Institute and lives in upstate New York with his family. Visit James at his Web site: www.jamesransome.com.
 
Published January 24, 2012 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books.

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Sold to his owner’s relatives, the Aulds, in Baltimore, Frederick Bailey, as he was then known, was taught to read from the Bible by Auld’s kindly wife.

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Drawing from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, the Ransomes (Before There Was Mozart) create a powerful biographical account of the anti-slavery crusader, writer, and orator’s early life.

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